These remixes were done in response to a the first issue of a new Fargo/Moorhead msic magazine called FM Seen, and some of the problems that the Magnetic Jihad Remix Terror Crew perceived with it. Below is a copy of the text included with the original release of the cd:
Run time 50:37
"Thoughts on FM Seen Magazine;
I appreciate the effort put into publishing FM Seen, however, I would like to offer a bit of criticism and direction for your consideration. First, there is far too many non-FM bands on the CD and covered in the magazine. Surely in the first issue you should be able to find enough bands in town to write features on. Is it too much to ask from a magazine about the local music scene to first and foremost cover it's own namesake?
Secondly, there should be far less editorializing about such broad topics. If this is going to be a monthly publication, everyone should be less afraid to talk about specific things. Don't editorialize about "the scene" in general, write about all ages hardcore shows, or weekend shows at the aquarium. Bitch about open mic nights, cover bands, promoters, venues and sound guys who screw bands over consistently. Don't be afraid to name names. (This Information is very useful to other bands.) Write about where to find a good practice space, to find a cheep drink and a quiet bar after a bad show, where to find a good deal on used gear, or about a guy you know with a nice recording rig who will record a demo for someone.
This magazine could be a great resource for improving the local music scene. If it contained essential information for all musicians on who to talk to about booking a show, a database of contact information for bands, DIY recording instructions, only local show and record reviews, a list and review of all area venues, and so on and so forth.
Finally the CD. Have you considered making the CD that comes with it more of a show case for a few similar artists instead of a hodge podge of everything and anyone? How about a monthly split where someone can actually get a broader sample of a few bands work? How about a 4 or 5 song EP from a band each month? You should make your CD something collectible and of a certain amount of value to local music fans.
You need to work on making your magazine something indispensable instead of a print version of Myspace full of bitching."
The remixes were finished in less than a month, so that the cd could be released at the same time as the second issue of the magazine.
January 8, 2007
Someone took the horns by the bullshit!
FIRST! Lucha Libre is the best thing to happen to Fargo.
And I completely agree with your comments.
What the hell is a FM SCENE mag doing showcasing bands from Minneapolis, MN?
There are oodles of bands in Fargo. Punk, Pop, Rock, Jazz, Alt-Indie, Indie Alternative, Alt-Alternative Alternative Indie... you name it, Fargo - and a bit of Moorhead - has got it.
Bands who left Fargo should not be included in the "Scene." I don't care if they helped start the party, they moved on. Like all musicians before them they realized that "Local venues" are just steps in the ladder of sucess - so let us let them go.
And the whole idea of a scene is demeaning, narrow-minded and sophomoric.
The minute anyone annouces there's a scene in the FM area, popular friends jerk each other off, musians stop taking risks, bands get left out - good bands - and others are thrown into a spotlight that is not earned or deserved in the least.
Better to not create a scene and just exist as a musical community with eccentric and diverse members and to start labeling it as a scene. A scene just turns music into politics and a pissing contest.
Why have a scene? 'Cause New York does? 'Cause LA does? 'Cause some other magazine said it's cool?
If this rag was an accurate portrait of the FM "Scene" (of which it is not) I would politely ask the scenesters to mosh themselves right on down to the cities and leave the FM area to the individuals who see music as a serious artform and not a sweaty-teeny-beer-soaked-pillow-fight-houseparty flashback to two years ago.
[I apologize if anyone disagrees.]
Great job Mag-Ji!
January 8, 2007